Bottom line: With its excellent back support, soft fabric material, and decent weight limit, the T-Compact is a great choice for anyone. Help improve your posture while still feeling comfortable.
Excellent back support
Soft linen fabric
Plenty of legroom
High weight capacity
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When it comes to the best gaming chairs, you can't go wrong with an AndaSeat. These chairs offer great back support, have comfortable memory foam pillows, and some of them have a really high weight capacity to better fit any consumer.
I recently had the opportunity to test the T-Compact gaming chair. As expected, it did not disappoint. The fabric feels soft to the touch while the chair's design helps me sit up straighter than I would otherwise. It's definitely a great choice for anyone who plays video games or sits at a desk for long stretches of time.
AndaSeat T-Compact Gaming Chair: Price and availability
The T-Compact Gaming Chair has an MSRP of $399.99 and comes in one of three color options: black, black & grey, or blue & black. This particular chair is covered in soft linen fabric and has a good weight capacity compared to other gaming chairs in its price range. It's possible it will go on sale as time goes on as AndaSeat usually does sales through their Amazon listings as well as from the official AndaSeat website.
AndaSeat T-Compact Gaming Chair: What's good
|Material||Linen fabric (black, grey, or blue)|
|Armrest||4-Directional, soft PU covered|
|Pillows||Detachable, Head & Lumbar|
|Max weight (static)||286 lbs|
|Max weight (dynamic)||374 lbs|
The box the T-Compact comes in is rather heavy so, I needed help getting it into my home. While I was able to assemble this chair on my own within an hour, that time frame might fluctuate depending on how easily you can find the threads for some of the screws to fit into. The included manual helped step me through the process with plenty of informative pictures. Additionally, the box comes with a set of screws and an Allen Wrench, so I didn't need to pull out any of my own tools.
Something I always look for when testing AndaSeat chairs, or any gaming chairs with that bucket seat racecar design, are raised sides on the seat cushion. These raised sides tend to push larger persons' thighs together in an uncomfortable manner, something that my six-foot-five-inch husband has lamented over repeatedly. However, the T-Compact does not have that cushion design, so it's more comfortable for anyone that this might affect. The tradeoff is that this chair cannot hold as much weight as some other AndaSeat chairs out there, but a max weight capacity of 286 pounds when moving around fits the needs of the average person.
Many gaming chairs come wrapped in some kind of faux leather, but this one has soft fabric that doesn't stick to my skin in the summer heat, which means it also won't freeze my flesh in the cold months. The black strips are particularly soft and feel really food against my legs. You'll just have to be careful as spilling liquids on this material can cause stains more easily. This particular chair comes in grey, black, or blue so you can choose the look you like best.
As with every AndaSeat chair, this one offers excellent back support. The back pillow attaches through the holes of the chair and can slide up and down to whatever spot you like for better posture. I personally didn't like the feel of the back pillow, so I removed it but kept the neck pillow in place. It still braced my spine in a wonderful fashion and helped me sit straighter that way. The armrests adjust forward, backward, left, right, and even pivot to the sides. That way you can be sure to find the position that you like most.
I will warn that the first time I started using a gaming chair with good back support it made my back sore until I adjusted. But now I have much better posture than I did before. Just goes to show you how badly I hunched before.
AndaSeat T-Compact Gaming Chair: What's not good
I'm kind of an antsy person and so I often rock my feet on the ground or tip my chair back a little whenever I'm at my desk for long stretches. I noticed that the T-Compact doesn't tip back nearly as easily as other gaming chairs I've tested. This is definitely a minor thing, but something that bothered me nonetheless.
As with many gaming chairs, the T-Compact is a bit on the expensive side. Granted, AndaSeat produces really high-quality products with plenty of conveniences, so I think this price isn't too out there. However, if you're not too keen on spending this much, you might want to wait for one of these chairs to go on sale or look for a competitor's listing.
AndaSeat T-Compact Gaming Chair: Competition
If you like the look of the T-Compact, but want something with more comfort then you ought to check out the AndaSeat T-Pro 2. It also comes wrapped in linen fabric so as not to stick to you on hot days but has a much better lumbar pillow, a much higher weight capacity at 441 pounds, and is easier to recline in.
For anyone who likes a flashier look, the Vertagear PL6000 features racing stripes and comes in a number of different color options. It also offers good back support and features removable pillows.
If you're looking for something that still offers great back support without looking too flashy, the Nexvoo Health Ergonomic Adjustable Desk Chair is a good bet. Plus, it offers health monitoring with the help of its trusty app.
AndaSeat T-Compact Gaming Chair: Should you buy it?
You should buy this if ...
- You want a comfy chair that helps with back support
- You want an AndaSeat chair with ample legroom
- You want a gaming chair covered in fabric
You shouldn't buy this if...
- You're looking for a more budget option
- You want something more flashy looking
- You need something that can hold more than 286 lbs
I've yet to meet an AndaSeat gaming chair that I didn't like. As with the rest of the line that I've tested, the T-Compact offers great back support and helps me sit up straighter. I love the feel of the soft fabric, especially the fact that it doesn't stick to my skin like faux leather options do.
AndaSeat also offers several other gaming chairs to choose from, some even come in Marvel themes from Spider-Man to Black Widow, so you can find the option that fits you best. I highly recommend any of these chairs, including the T-Compact, as they feel comfortable and really do help to improve your posture. However, if you're looking for a more economic option you might want to look elsewhere.
Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.